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Re: improvements / win9x

From: Harold A. Driscoll <harold@driscoll.chi.il.us>
Date: Thu, 13 May 1999 13:19:49 -0500
Message-Id: <199905131722.MAA02468@mcfeely.interaccess.com>
To: "Bjoern Hoehrmann" <hoermi@arcormail.de>
Cc: <www-validator@w3.org>
At 10:37 13-05-99 , Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:
>Why blow up the code? The change:

The issue which concerns me is whether portability is a matter of dumbing
down the code on all platforms to accommodate feature-impaired platforms,
or provide a dumbed-down version only for the crippled platform(s).

Occasionally, introducing a simplification is desirable, when it actually
benefits all platforms.

Sending error reports to STDERR is the "right" thing to do. Some of us do
not always do so, perhaps, but still it is quite desirable. And something
that can have subtle (but substantial) beneficial effects on using a tool
in a variety of (often yet to be imagined) situations.

I'm not sure if your argument is that "it doesn't matter in the type of
situations one might encounter in a Windows 9x environment" or "it is just
as good even in situations encountered only in full operating systems" as
well.

Not being sure when I'll have time to explore this further, at least for
the nonce I'll leave this as an expressed concern.  /Harold
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